We all have things we want to do in life before we kick the proverbial bucket. “What’s on your Bucket List?” That’s what my husband and I used to ask each other for fun, but also as a friendly challenge. We started writing down all of our goals and dreams, grouped into different categories, and tape them up around the house.
Soon, every wall was covered in lists! While this was inspirational, the house was starting to get cluttered and, frankly, look a little daunting. That’s when I decided we could use these Bucket Lists to fulfill another dream: to inspire and curate art.
First, we selected some of our best lists and commissioned artist Marilia Beltrame to interpret individual entries. From these great drawings, we decided to encompass many of them into specialized maps, focusing on a particular category or topic and print them in Letterpress. We chose Boxcar Press in New York for Letterpress. College Football Traditions was the first, based upon my husband’s self-proclaimed expertise from years of being glued to the TV every Saturday afternoon. The map highlights the bucket list items of a college football fan. This is Volume A. Next, I had my list of European Destinations created by English artist Mike Swallow. This is Volume B. The volume illustrates a bucket list of destinations from the European Union. This is still being finalized and we intend to print in December. Here are photos of both maps:
European Union Bucket List Map (Vol. B)
College Football Bucket List Map (Vol. A)
Ahhhh-ha Experts and Artists
While the originality of these pieces comes from our personal experiences, I wondered wouldn’t it be great to connect with various experts and ask them to create lists with their own unique take? These Celebrity Bucket Lists would then be interpreted (drawn) into art and printed in letterpress.
This is how the Bucket Series was born. We plan to invite these experts in all areas of arts, travel, gastronomy, or media to submit their Bucket Lists. We’ll choose the best lists and assign them a specific month; We've tentatively selected the themes for 2015. We are happy to announce that Kiersten Rich of Blonde Abroad will be the featured expert blogger for March. We are speaking to many other exciting and interesting experts about their Bucket Lists as well. Mike and Marilia have agreed to join the Bucket Series team and will be involved in the entire artistic process. We’ll have these letterpress printed one Volume per month, and make them available on bucketseries.com in a limited letterpress printing of 100. These will surely be an eye-catching, collectible item that will be highly regarded by those who enjoy original works and supporting emerging artists.
UPDATE 12/10/14 - we have a new cool travel expert on board! Photography and travel expert, Ken Kaminesky, is creating the Photographer's bucket list and it will be featured as the April 2015 map.
Letterpress and Limited Edition
Each map will consist of approximately 50 minimalist drawings (we call these Elements) created by one or more artists. These will be assembled into a limited-edition 11x17 letterpress artwork. Letterpressing, of course, goes back to the 1440 Gutenberg Bible and is still considered one of the finest methods to create printed works.
Printed on Crane's Lettra, 100% cotton paper, made in the USA.
Polymer plates are created from the original artwork using a European plate processor and pressed using the exquisite Heidelberg SBB Letterpress printing by Boxcar Press in New York adds even more beauty and value. An additional plate is required for different colors and pressed separately.
- Foil stamped logo that changes each month with the theme, is made from copper, etched by hand, and foil stamped on a 14x22 Kluge press using copper plates.
Boxcar Press practices green printing by using low-VOC inks and solvents, printing on tree-free papers, and recycling everything.
- Each piece is numbered and limited to 100.
2 "Elements" will also have limited letterpress runs of 100 8x10’s for sale separately. One of these 8x10 Elements will be printed with foil. From Volume A Yale's Handsome Dan and Notre Dame's Golden Dome, and from Volume B Big Ben and the Neuschwanstein Castle are highlighted as the 8x10 Element prints.
8x10's from Volume A: Notre Dame Golden Dome & Yale Handsom Dan
8x10's from Volume B: Big Ben & the Neuschwanstein Castle
Why We Need Your Help
We intend for the prints to be of the highest quality. We need your pledges so that we can pay our artists and designers as well as Boxcar Press. If you are generous enough to purchase a print, that will help us meet order minimums. But we gladly accept donations of any size and there is a reward at every level.
To get this business up-and-running, we are starting off by offering limited edition pressings from our Kickstarter exclusive College Football Bucket List and European Bucket List as well as future prints. Football fans and art collectors alike will appreciate the exceptional quality of these prints. The College Football volume is printed and are in hand, ready to ship. The European volume will be finalized soon and go to print in December and ship soon after the project is successfully funded!
Generous donors can also get everything from Volumes A & B and everything being produced in 2015. The monies raised from this Kickstarter will go a long way towards getting the Bucket Series up-and-running as it will provide both seed money and initial orders of the art.
If you are a dreamer and an admirer of art, help us make this project come to life. You can cross “being a more generous person” off of your list in the process! :)
Risks and challenges
Creating and implementing the Bucket Series will not be without its challenges. By already having gone to print on Volume A, I have been forced to think through most of the project details and am happy with the results. These prints look amazing and are ready to ship, and as soon as the project is successfully funded, they will be sent to our donors.
As it relates to future prints, there are of course still many moving parts to assemble. I am currently in the process of developing the website and have already connected with several potential experts/bloggers. My hope is that once they see the success of this Kickstarter campaign they will be eager to participate.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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